To sleep, perchance to dream.

Dr Dave Van Nuys of the excellent Shrink Rap Radio is doing a series of podcasts on dreaming.

One of his guests, Robert Hoss, presented a method of dream interpretation that allowed you to find out the meaning of your dreams without having to look at one of those so called ‘dream dictionaries’. Normally I’m not very interested in dream work because people seem to rush to find out what someone else thinks a dream means.

HELLO! The dream is yours, not theirs!

In contrast, his approach is based on Gestalt methods, using six questions to allow access to the meaning of components of the dream. This process seems to give a simple and elegant way to find out from the dream itself what it is trying to tell you rather than interpret it’s ‘standard’ meaning.

Listen to the podcast : [audio:] or download it

After looking at his website I found that he is also interested in Energy Psychology techniques including EFT.

He has combined his approach to working with dreams and using EFT into a process, modestly entitled The Dream-to-Freedom(tm) Technique. This is an interesting approach I’m looking forward to trying out.

His website has a wealth of articles and information related to dreams and dreaming, well worth investigating if you are a ‘bit of a dreamer’.

4 thoughts on “To sleep, perchance to dream.”

  1. Dream dictionaries are best left on the shelf with their companions, which have titles like “What Your Sun Sign Says About You”, ‘How to Channel Your Spirit Guide’ and “The Breatharian Approach – you dont need food”.
    Which is not to discount dreams, which are a valuable way of self-exploration, if considered in the right way. ie The Royal Road to the Unconscious, for one.
    (although I do admit to feeling that Dream Dictionaries do have a rather appealing kitschness which can be humourous in the right context, …)

  2. Apart from their kitsch value. I think books that tell you what your life means are generally a bad thing. Although there’s no doubting their popularity along with all the other quizzes and checklists that purport to tell you what you are like.

    I imagine it was the absence of such advice that allowed Socrates to comment “Know thyself”. I wonder what he would have said if he had a Sun Signs dictionary?

  3. He could always try the 6 questions from the podcast – I did, they are pretty sharp. They remind me of the letter technique, where the dreamer writes to the image/specific figure or object, of the dream, then gets it to ‘write back’ (sometimes usuing non-dominant hand). Only the 6 questions get to the point very quickly, I found. I imagine this rapid process would suit EFTechnique quite well? Might need some practise if the individual is new to dreamwork techniques, but its a very clear method. interested to hear how it works in the ‘dream freedom technique’ described.

  4. I haven’t heard of the letter technique, although I’ve done something like this technique years ago on a counselling course. I’ve only tried this one once so far (I forgot this morning’s dreams) and found it difficult to ask the questions and then get an answer. I suspect it either needs practice or another person to ‘keep you in the dream’ and ask the questions. I will continue to play with it, I think it could be a very useful way of finding stuff out.


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